Disabled man getting on Expedition Everest
  • On Sep 20, 2017
    Donna from Worcestershire Asked

    Hi Our trip to Disney World is in June 2018. We are a family of 4, with 2 young people, 21 & 15 who are full time wheelchair users. They can do standing transfers to a toilet but my daughter needs 2 carers to assist - my husband & I. Any tips?

    Hi Donna ~

    Thank you so much for coming to me. As a Mom to a son with Cerebral Palsy, I'm familiar with planning a trip with Guests with mobility disabilities.

    It looks like you may have already picked your dates of travel. If not, I'd highly recommend booking your hotel room as soon as possible. There are accessible rooms in all of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels but the number is limited. Booking early helps get the room you need. The features in the rooms may vary. For example, some of the accessible rooms have roll-in showers and others have tubs. You can also request other special items like shower chairs to make your stay easier. The deluxe resort rooms seem to be larger which helps. You can explore resort hotels on the Walt Disney World website. Once you reach that link, click on the "Accessible Rooms" option near the top right corner to give you some ideas of what is available during the time you want to visit.

    Visit the services for Guests with mobility disabilities page. That will give you a list of attractions that allow Guests to remain in their wheelchairs and which ones require Guests to be mobile to board. For attractions that require Guests to be mobile, keep in mind that if your family members in wheelchairs are able to transfer but need physical assistance, someone in your party will need to assist them. Some attractions have transfer devices to help make the transfer easier.

    Most queues at the Walt Disney World Resort can now accommodate Guests traveling in wheelchairs. If there are queues that require Guests in wheelchairs to enter through alternate queues, speak with a Cast Member for assistance.

    I've briefly touched on some things but I'm limited in space so please feel free to visit again.

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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